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Producer Mary Parent, who most recently worked on The Revenant and also is producing Kong: Skull Island, has been appointed to the newly created position of vice chairman of worldwide production for Legendary. She will oversee all aspects of the company’s film, television, digital, mobile and new media development and production activities, reporting to Legendary chairman and CEO Thomas Tull.
Legendary, which was recently acquired by China’s Wanda Group for $3.5 billion, will enlist Parent to continue to create tentpole films and impactful television and digital series. Parent takes the post vacated by Jon Jashni, who moved on to form Raintree Ventures.
“Mary has proven to be the rare individual that has not just served as an executive and a producer, but someone who has done both with tremendous success,” Tull said Thursday in a statement. “Her creative instincts, relationships and an innate ability to put together a production slate designed for a global audience that is also based on savvy financial understanding are qualities we will rely on greatly as we enter the next phase of Legendary’s growth.”
Parent first worked with Legendary on 2013’s Pacific Rim and 2014’s Godzilla, and is currently producing Kong: Skull Island, which will be released by Warner Bros. She previously served as the founder and CEO of Disruption Entertainment. Prior to that, she was the CEO and chairman of worldwide production for MGM.
“I have loved being solely a producer, but sometimes an opportunity so unique presents itself, you have to jump in with both feet,” said Parent. “The chance to be a part of building a truly global business with Legendary, in a climate where content is becoming ubiquitous regardless of the distribution platform or the origin of audiences, is just that opportunity. Plus, having worked closely with everyone at Legendary these past four years, I have come to know the vision they have for the future, and I’m so excited that Thomas has invited me to be a part of it.”
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